HP Settles Inkjet Cartridge European Patent Infringement Lawsuits
PALO ALTO, Calif., June 20, 2001
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) today announced that it has settled outstanding patent litigation in Germany and France against International United Technology Co., Ltd. (IUT) relating to inkjet printer cartridges.
In June 2000, HP instituted patent infringement proceedings in Germany, France and the UK against IUT and certain companies acting as actual or potential distributors of IUT thermal inkjet cartridges being sold as a replacement for HP 51626A and HP 51629A inkjet cartridges.
Since then, the lawsuits against the other defendants have all been settled, leaving only the lawsuits against IUT in France and Germany outstanding.
HP and IUT have now agreed to settle the patent infringement lawsuits against IUT in France and Germany. As part of the settlement, IUT acknowledges that its inkjet cartridges infringe several of HP's European patents and has agreed to immediately cease and desist from offering and/or selling the infringing cartridges in the relevant European countries. IUT will also make a payment to HP in respect of past sales. Under the terms of the settlement, neither party will disclose additional details.
HP is thus terminating the patent infringement proceedings against IUT in France and Germany.
Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services -- is focused on making technology and its benefits accessible to all. HP had total revenue from continuing operations of $48.8 billion in its 2000 fiscal year. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.